The Tragedy of A Relationship

Great music like humor hides many a tear.But, together they make the song of life. Behind the mountains she awaits….


In August 2000, Ravi Shankar’s first wife, the reclusive surbahar virtuoso Annapurna Devi, did her only interview in 60 years with me in which she spoke about her torturous marriage and the tragic life of their son Shubho. Originally published in Man’s World, it was rediscovered by a journalist in December 2012 after the demise of Pandit Ravi Shankar. Since then, the story of Annapurna Devi has gone viral logging in over 10k Likes on Facebook and 900 shares. It’s an amazing, unforgettable story of a rare modern-day musician mystic.

In the Hindustani classical music fraternity, Annapurna Devi’s genius is part of a growing mythology. The daughter of the great Ustad Allauddin Khan, the sister of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and the divorced wife of Pandit Ravi Shankar, she is considered to be one of the greatest living exponents of both the surbahar and the sitar.

The tragedy is that…

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Binayak Sen Sings on Hillele

This New Year may we find our own heroes.May we step in to match the shadows left behind to go forward and make the Brave New World of Freedom from want, hunger and Poverty!



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Boy, Is My Face Red

What can I say ! I am so embarrassed.

The Daily Post

I have an admission to make: sometimes when I read your blog posts, I get a little jealous. Your amazing recipes, workout plans, gorgeous families, and home renovations make my average life pale in comparison. When I feel this way, I sometimes wish I had a modicum of perfection, or some wild successes to share. I know I’m not alone. Blogs and other social media can give us “the grass is greener on the other side of the fence” syndrome. The funny thing is, as much as I enjoy following sites that make me swoon with admiration, I absolutely love reading posts that depict life’s imperfections even more.

I couldn’t appear perfect with a team of well-oiled public relations consultants working around the clock to hone my image.

The rate at which a person can mature is directly proportional to the embarrassment he can tolerate.
-Douglas Engelbart

So what’s a girl…

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Communalism and History

Well, no doubt that the simple confusions that blight our minds due ignorance mostly coupled with a lack of clear understanding of our own prejudices causes much anger and heartburn.Enough to take sides and at worse to cause violence. Much of these cobwebs get carefully lifted away like turning pages of stories told well.Her courage and confidence in her own understanding of historical processes and in the clear knowledge of any kind of objectivity to have its limited life too.Always giving way for something better bowing to the imperatives of new evidence and interpretations. I know I gathered something out of the many profundities to let me take sides without being blinded.


Based on a talk by Professor Romila Thapar at the Khandala workshop organised by Vikas Adhyayan Kendra


Why is it that historians in particular are so concerned about communal ideology, the ideology of the communalists? Why is it that economist, sociologists and others who are in the social science: are less concerned while historians are constantly debating the ideology that is put out by communalism?

The answer to that question is that communal ideology always uses history for its justification. We had this with Muslim communalism in the 1920ís & the 30ís, when it was argued that Hindus and Muslims constitute two separate nations, two separate communities and very soon community becomes nation and there is talk about two separate nations. Therefore, you have to talk about the Hindu nation and the Muslim nation. This idea is also picked up by Hindu communal writing, in the concept of Hindutva in…

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